TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -The Montreal Canadiens and thousands of their fans enjoyed the team's quick trip to Florida.
Maxim Lapierre scored the winning shootout goal, and the Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Tuesday night.
The Canadiens won the shootout 2-1 to complete a two-game, two-day sweep in the Sunshine State that featured a large turnout of supporters chanting "Let's go Habs" in both games.
"We have a pretty big following no matter where we go," Canadiens goalie Carey Price said. "It seems like whenever we're in an opposition rink, there's at least 5,000 strong that are rooting for us. It definitely gives you a boost when you're in an opposition rink."
Montreal beat the Florida Panthers 5-2 on Monday.
Guillaume Latendresse scored Montreal's goal in regulation. The Canadiens have won five of six.
Vinny Prospal scored for the Lightning, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
"The last four or five games, we have been playing much better," Tampa Bay forward Jussi Jokinen said. "We have to get going in the right direction and picking up points."
Prospal put the Lightning ahead with a power-play goal at 13:18 of the first period. It was his first point in 10 games.
Latendresse tied it when his rebound backhander was redirected in off Tampa Bay goalie Mike Smith 46 seconds into the third.
The Canadiens nearly won it in the final seconds of regulation, but Andrei Kostitsyn's shot hit the post.
Montreal is 4-7-1 when trailing after two periods.
"We're playing really well defensively," Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau said. "Sometimes when you do that, you find ways to win games. That's exactly what we're doing right now."
Both goalies made big saves during overtime. Price stopped an in-close chance by Evgeny Artyukhin with 3 minutes remaining, and Smith made a diving glove save on Lapierre 90 seconds later.
"It came down to the shootout," Price said. "That could have went either way."
Montreal left winger Alex Tanguay left in the first after being checked hard into the boards by Artyukhin. The Canadiens said Tanguay, who skated to the bench after the hit, has an upper body injury and is expected to undergo an MRI exam on Wednesday.
Notes: Lightning RW Mark Recchi played in his 1,446th NHL game, tying him with Hall of Famer Tim Horton for 17th place on the league's career list. ... Lapierre, who had three goals in the Canadiens' victory on Monday, assisted on Latendresse's goal. ... Tampa Bay D Marek Malik didn't play because of flulike symptoms. ... The Lightning signed G Dustin Tokarski to a standard three-year, entry-level contract. Tokarski is currently playing for Team Canada at the world junior championship. ... Tampa Bay (10-16-10) has lost 16 of 21 games decided by one goal.
|PPG - Vinny Prospal (7) ASST: Ryan Malone (11), Martin St. Louis (19)|
1 - 0 TBL
|Guillaume Latendresse (5) ASST: Maxim Lapierre (4), Tom Kostopoulos (7)|
1 - 1 Tie
|1||J. Jokinen||A. Kovalev|
|2||V. Prospal||M. Lapierre|
|Power Play %||16.5%||18.8%|
|% on Road||10.7%||14.8%|
|% at Home||22.1%||22.9%|
|Andrej Meszaros Elbowing against Matt D'Agostini|
|Alex Tanguay Holding against Steve Eminger|
|Evgeny Artyukhin Fighting (maj) against Tom Kostopoulos|
|Tom Kostopoulos Fighting (maj) against Evgeny Artyukhin|
|Tom Kostopoulos Roughing against Evgeny Artyukhin|
|Paul Ranger Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Roman Hamrlik Hi-sticking against Martin St. Louis|
|Lukas Krajicek Slashing against Maxim Lapierre|
|Ben Maxwell Hooking against Evgeny Artyukhin|
|Vincent Lecavalier Cross checking against Mike Komisarek|
|Lukas Krajicek Hooking against Maxim Lapierre|
|Alex Kovalev Hi-sticking against Steven Stamkos|
|Jeff Halpern Slashing against Steve Begin|